I need to create a website which includes a blog, forum, membership signup (both free and paid), user profile pages (photo, user information, bio etc), and the ability for users to be able to message/inbox each other. I’m very familiar with WordPress development and so my first thought was that platform (and I probably still will for the majority of the site), but I’m wondering whether there’s a better alternative for handling the user profile/messaging aspect.
I’ve watched all of Chris’s videos on how he built this site and added the lodge with user memberships etc, and I know that members can inbox each other through this forum, but I’m looking to build something more robust than just forum messaging (think a dating site where users can send each other messages/view profiles).
Does anyone have a suggestion on a good platform to use (preferably PHP based)? I’ve found a few WordPress plugins ([User Messages](http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/user-messages/ “”) for example), but it doesn’t look very extensive. Does anyone have any experience with this plugin or any other platform which would be a good fit?
BuddyPress has everything you are asking for, and integrates with wordpress which youre allready familiar with. That being said, it is a huge code base and can be a gigantic pain. I’m 100% certain there are people on this forum with horror stories, but, as I said, it does everything you asked for.
Thanks guys. If you don’t mind me asking, what is it in particular that is a pain when working with BuddyPress? On paper it sounds promising, but obviously I don’t want to get too far down that road if it’s just going to cause me a myriad of headaches. Can anyone offer any specifics as to why I should avoid it?